August 8, 2018

KSHSAA Member School Sports Medicine Contacts:

With the onset of fall sport practices just days away, the KSHSAA is providing you the following important student safety reminders and information:

* Heat Illness Prevention & Hydration information
* Know the new fall preseason heat acclimatization rules.
* Click HERE: for KSHSAA Heat Illness and Hydration information.
* Know the heat index at your location. Obtain air temperature and relative humidity readings and make the necessary modifications based on the heat index chart the KSHSAA Heat Illness and Hydration information. This chart has been updated with more detailed guidelines for activity modification based on the heat index.
* Have a cooling plan in place for all warm weather practices/games. Cold tubs should be available!
* Student participants should have unrestricted access to water. ENERGY DRINKS SHOULD NEVER BE CONSUMED BY STUDENT PARTICIPANTS.
* Per Executive Board policy, ALL fall sport coaches (including Spirit, Dance and Marching Band sponsors) must complete a heat illness prevention and hydration education program.

* Emergency Action Plans
* An emergency action plan should be in place for every sport, team and venue.
* For assistance in developing an EAP or finding additional resources to improve your EAPs, CLICK HERE. You can also download this EAP template to assist in the development of a plan.
* The emergency action plan should be rehearsed by EVERYONE involved, at least one time annually.
* An automated external defibrillator (AED) should be readily available at any practice or competition.
* Review the PPE. Be sure your coaches are aware of any pre-existing conditions in their student-athletes that were indicated on their PPE (e.g., allergies, asthma, diabetes, cardiac abnormalities, sickle cell trait, concussion history, required medications, etc.).

* Concussion Recognition and Management
* Click HERE: for a host of information regarding concussion recognition and proper management.
* Know the state law and associated KSHSAA guidelines.
* Per Executive Board policy, all coaches, student participants and school administrators responsible for event coverage must complete a concussion education program.

* Lightning Safety-KSHSAA Lightning Guidelines

* The following courses are available free at NFHSLearn.com and are excellent coaching education resources:
* Concussion for Students
* Concussion in Sports
* Heat Illness Prevention
* Sudden Cardiac Arrest
* Sports Nutrition
* Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs and Substances

THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS IN PROVIDING THE SAFEST ENVIRONMENT POSSIBLE FOR THE STUDENTS.

BEST WISHES FOR A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL 2018-2019!